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Michigan - Requirements for Solar Power Installation
Michigan State licensing requirements for solar power installers and solar power installations
The rules that regulate the installation of solar power systems are different in each state and even sometimes from county to county. It is important that you are aware of these rules as a potential customer because often it is a condition of receiving rebates and incentives that your system meets these requirements. We have created pages which will help you make sure your solar panel installer is properly licensed and assist you to ask your installer the right questions about the system they are proposing to install for you, generally the following needs to be considered;
- Licensing requirements for Solar Installers in each state
- Equipment Standards or Certification
- Interconnection Standards and other requirements
We have done our best to get as much info as we can, as always the people who know the current state of play in your area are your local solar power professionals.
Licensing requirements for Solar Installers in Michigan
Michigan has no specific licensing requirements for those wishing to install solar power systems except for the fact that the installation of solar power is considered electrical work and so normal state based licensing would require that the installer be a licensed electrical contractor in Michigan.
Equipment Standards or Certification
Michigan has specific standards that solar power equipment must comply with, if the customer is going to participate in the Experimental Advanced Renewable Energy Program (EARP) Owners of residential systems from 1-20 kW and non-residential systems from 1-150 kW are eligible to participate in the program. Residential customers must receive electric service on tariff rate RS or RT in order to be eligible for the program. The program is capped at 3,000 kW of capacity, with 1,500 kW for residential systems and 1,500 kW for non-residential systems. Contracts will be awarded in phases, with 125 kW available each quarter for residential customers, and 250 kW available for non-residential customers every 6 months. It should be notes that if you participate in this program you are not entitled to be involved in Net Metering so many customers will need to weigh up how they should proceed. In order to be eligible for the program, solar equipment must be manufactured in the state of Michigan or constructed by a Michigan workforce .
Interconnection Regulations (small generator)
Michigan has a five-tiered approach to interconnection regulations. Different levels of review are subject to specific technical screens, review procedures, and time lines. Basically the review process becomes more complex as the system size gets over 20kW. Solar systems need to meet the IEEE 1547 standard and be UL 1741 compliant. As always check with your electricity Utility as to their interconnection rules.